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Night at the Fiestas: Stories (edição: 2016)

de Kirstin Valdez Quade (Autor)

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A collection of ten stories that "plunge us into the fierce, troubled hearts of characters defined by the desire to escape the past or else to plumb its depths. The deadbeat father of a pregnant teenager tries to transform his life by playing the role of Jesus in a bloody penitential Passion. A young man discovers that his estranged father and a boa constrictor have been squatting in his grandmother's empty house. A lonely retiree new to Santa Fe becomes obsessed with her housekeeper ... Always hopeful, these stories chart the passions and obligations of family life, exploring themes of race, class, and coming-of-age" --Amazon.com.… (mais)
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Título:Night at the Fiestas: Stories
Autores:Kirstin Valdez Quade (Autor)
Informação:W. W. Norton & Company (2016), Edition: Reprint, 304 pages
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Whew...feeling pretty stunned. These are all stories of jealousy and possession, identity and reputation. Loved the NM setting for most of the book and can't wait to read more. ( )
  LibroLindsay | Jun 18, 2021 |
Ever since I studied O Henry and Edgar Allan Poe in junior high, I have loved short stories. With this collection, Kristin Valdez Quade is added to my list of authors who have perfected this format.

It’s difficult to rate a collection, because some of the stories resonate more with me than others. Quade gives us ten beautifully written stories in this collection.

In The Five Wounds Amadeo tries to atone for past (and current) failures by playing the part of Jesus in the annual Good Friday re-enactment of the crucifixion, while his pregnant teen-aged daughter looks on. Andrea struggles between hating the wealthy land owner who employs her father, and desperately wishing she could be more like his daughter, Parker in Jubilee. In Mojave Rats Monica is feeling trapped with her two daughters, seven-year-old Cordelia and the infant Beatrice, in a sparsely populated trailer park, while her husband is off doing fieldwork for his Ph.D. Pregnant Crystal has found work and maybe a little hope as a secretary for the local parish priest in Original Sins. When the reader meets Frances in Night at the Fiestas, “she is pretending to be someone else, someone whose father is not the bus driver.”

What Quade’s characters share is that desire to “be someone else” and/or somewhere else, but no real means of achieving that. They dream, but are somehow powerless to change their circumstances, falling back on old patterns of behavior, afraid to let go of their past to head into the future.

Quade’s short story collection won the National Book Critics Circle Award for John Leonard Prize in 2015, and Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction (2016). She was named a National Book Foundation “Five Under Thirty-Five” Author. ( )
  BookConcierge | Mar 14, 2018 |
I first came across Kristin Valdez Quade from her story Original Sins, published in The New Yorker. It was so different than the typical New Yorker offering, I had to look at the cover and make sure what I was reading. The story was simple, in form and in style. It was deeply tied to my native New Mexico, the patchwork culture bubbling from each word. Her collection, [Night at the Fiestas], is all like that first story.

The jacket blurb says that Quade’s stories examine characters who are defined by their desire to escape the past or to plumb its depths. It could have more easily said that they are ineffably human. Whether the secretly alcoholic priest or the shiftless penitente, these are people with pasts, and ones you imagine have left scars or limps. But each one is recognizable, relatable. They are people riding on the bus with you every morning but about whom you’ve never been curious enough. Quade gives you access to their stories, and in so doing, your own story, revealing your own struggles for redemption.

Bottom Line: This is what short fiction was meant to be – powerfully simple and boiling with emotion.

5 bones!!!!! ( )
  blackdogbooks | Feb 24, 2017 |
This was a good book. The stories were interesting and I read it because of the hype. It does a good job of portraying cultural differences and life in the world of the Hispanic southwest. I do feel that when I review books that it is important to convey the positive and the negative so other readers can get an overall opinion of the book. This is a good book but I somehow felt that the writing didn't flow. Very hard to explain but it did feel like a new author who had created a formula. Worth reading for the insight into cultural differences. I will probably keep an eye on future books and maybe give her another look. ( )
  nivramkoorb | Aug 14, 2015 |
Night at the Fiestas is a collection of short stories by Kirstin Valdez Quade, a National Book Foundation "5 under 35" author. Quade is definitely deserving of this honor. Her characters are well-developed and the writing engaging. I love the sense of place she creates in the stories which take place in the southwest.

It's a little hard to review this because I read the first four stories a few months ago, but had to return the book to the library and didn't get around to finishing the collection until now.



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  klburnside | Aug 11, 2015 |
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A collection of ten stories that "plunge us into the fierce, troubled hearts of characters defined by the desire to escape the past or else to plumb its depths. The deadbeat father of a pregnant teenager tries to transform his life by playing the role of Jesus in a bloody penitential Passion. A young man discovers that his estranged father and a boa constrictor have been squatting in his grandmother's empty house. A lonely retiree new to Santa Fe becomes obsessed with her housekeeper ... Always hopeful, these stories chart the passions and obligations of family life, exploring themes of race, class, and coming-of-age" --Amazon.com.

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